IS YOUR LIFE WORTHY OF THE GOSPEL?

So 30.06.1963, abends, Branham Tabernacle
Jeffersonville, Indiana, USA

Ist dein Leben des Evangeliums würdig?

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Let us remain standing just a moment, as we bow our heads now and look to the Lord. If there’s any requests to be known to God, would you just now at this time raise your hand to Him, like that, and hold on your heart what you want.

Our Heavenly Father, we are grateful for another day. And now it’s begin to mark up; it’ll be history. The services of this morning is already past. The Words that’s been said is in the air, on the tape, and we’ll have to meet It some day. It’ll either have to be right or wrong. And we... we believe that It’s right, because that It’s Your Word.

Now, we pray that You’ll grant to us, tonight, the requests that we’re asking. With our hands, we raise, asking for requests. Thou did know what we had need of, and what we’re asking for. So we pray that You’ll answer us, Lord, and give us the desires of our heart, that is, if we can use it to honor You. Grant it, Lord.

Heal the sickness in the midst of us. Take away all sin and unbelief. Give us of Thy... a portion of Thy blessings again, tonight, Lord, as we meditate upon the Word, and the time that we’re living. We have assembled together, Father, for no other purpose but to try to learn how to live better, and to live closer to You. For we see the day approaching, and we must assemble ourselves together oft, and take instructions from You. Grant it, Father, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Thank you. You may be seated.

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I know it’s awfully warm, and place all packed out the way it is. And so we’re sorry we don’t have the... any air conditioning. And I... Maybe that’ll be... There’s two things that I want to do for the church, as soon as I can get back in the way I want to, if I get back in the meetings properly. I want a... a piano, where it sets this way, so the pianist will be looking towards the congregation. I want an organ over on this side; and an air conditioner. Then I feel like that’d be it. And so we are... We’ll trust the Lord, and know that He will grant it to us.

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I believe, they told me, Brother Hickerson just took this out of the magazine. He put it on my desk back there. That is that constellation of Angels that’s in the magazine that was spoke of. See the pyramid shape? Look at this One on this side, the pointed wing, coming with His chest out like that, on my right-hand side. As I spoke from this same pulpit, months and months and months ago, see, there It is. And Look maga-... Or, Life magazine has It, the... the May issue, May the 17th, I believe it is. That right? May the 17th, issue. Mrs. Wood was telling me today that many called her and asked. That’s in the May issue, May the 17th.

It’s a mysterious cloud. The cloud is twenty-six miles high and thirty miles across. And that’s what we were speaking of here. That’s where the Angel of the Lord came down and shook the place. And the whole... It sound louder...

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I know there’s one man, if... I think, Brother Sothmann, I seen him a while ago, somewhere. He’s here. He was standing... Yeah. Right back here. He was standing near when it happened. I guess I wasn’t too far from him. I just see him, tried to wave to him. Only, I had his binoculars. That, the... the animals, in which we were hunting, had... Wasn’t on this hill. Now it went on the other hill. I found them, the day before, and told them where to go to. I went over here, where, if they come this way, I’d just shoot up in the air and run them back that way, so that they could get their... their... their animal. So, javelina is what it was.

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And so I went over, this side, and they wasn’t. They wasn’t on either side. I seen Brother Fred walk out, and they wasn’t there. He went back, and Brother Norman went over the hill. And I turned, went down in a little chasm and come up, just by myself, about a mile and a half through some real rugged country. And I was set down and was just looking around. It was getting up in the day.

And I was picking those, what we call there, goat-headers. It’s something like a burr. Picking them off of my trouser leg, just exactly the same kind that I saw myself doing when I was here telling you about the vision, six months, about, ’fore it happened. I said, “That’s strange. Look how perfect north I am of Tucson, kind of northeast. Makes...“

“Tucson,” you remember, I said, “little southwest.”

And I said, “That’s strange.” I was looking at the burr, like this, picking them off of my... many of them, off of my trouser legs. If you never been there, that’s a desert country. It isn’t like this, at all. About twenty times brighter; and there’s no trees and things like there is here. It’s just cactus and sand.

So I... I just looking at it, like that. I just raised my eyes up. And about, I’d say, half a mile from me, I saw a whole head of... herd of javelina, lay, coming out on the end, where they was eating some phyllary. And I thought, “Now, if I can just get Brother Fred and Brother Norman to there, that’s just the place.”

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And the evening before, the Holy Spirit was so tremendous in the camp, that He was telling me things that had happened and taking place. I had to get up and walk away from my camp.

And then, that next morning, I had went up there. And I started... I said, “Now, if I can get to Brother Fred, I’ll get him around this mountain,” which is about a... a mile this way. I had to go about... about two mile, or better, pick him up, maybe three. Back this way, down this, what we call “hogback,” come up like this, up top these rugged, jagged mountains, and run down this way, cut across and come over, and go down in this direction and pick him up. Then he have to go plumb to the bottom of the hill, to get Brother Norman, which would probably been about four or five miles, then get back. And I was going to put a... a little piece of Kleenex that I was going to hang on a piece of... of the mesquite there, so I could point myself to which ridge to go out when I come back.

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And I just come up over a little ridge where there’s lot of jagged rock, and there’s a... a deer trail come down the other side, about, oh, forty, fifty yards beneath the cliff. It was about, oh, it was up in the day, I say eight o’clock, or nine. Would you think something like that, Brother Fred, maybe nine o’clock, something? I run over on this side, quickly, to keep the javelinas from seeing me. They’re a wild boar, you know, and they’re pretty scary.

So I... I went over the hill this way, and cut, started, run up the hill. And I just run along, in a little, what we call, a dog trot. And all of a sudden, the whole country just rung out. I never heard such a terrific blast! Just shook, and the rocks rolled. And I felt like I... I must have jumped five feet off the ground, looked like. It just... just scared me. I thought, “Oh, my!” I thought I had gotten shot. That somebody... I had on a black hat. I thought they might have thought was a javelina running up the mountain, somebody had shot me. It went so loud, right on me, like that. Then, all at once, Something said, “Look up.” There It was. Then He told me, “It’s the opening of those Seven Seals. Turn home.” So, here I come.

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I met Brother Fred and Brother Norman, about a hour later, when I found them. They were excited and talking about it. There it is. And science says that it’s impossible for... for any kind of a... a mist or anything get that high, fog, vapor. See? It’ll only go just... I wouldn’t know. I... I...

We, when we go overseas, we travel nine thousand feet. That’s above the storms. That’s approximately about four miles. And say, let’s say, maybe it’s fifteen miles till you can’t get no more vapor. But this is twenty-six miles, and she hung there all day. See? They don’t know what It is. But, thank the Lord, we do.

Thank you, Brother Hickerson. I’ll keep it on my desk in there. And when we write the book, why, then we can have it.

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I got a little note here was give me. I believe there’s been an increase in our number since I was here last. I think his name is... is... least, his father’s name, David West. And got a little fellow here that they want to dedicate to the Lord. Is that right? Was it tonight, or was it Wednesday night? I don’t know. It’s got... Tonight? That’s fine. Well, what about... You are David, aren’t you? That’s what I thought you was. All right. How about bringing the little fellow up?

If our sister will come over here to this piano, and give us the song of Bring Them In. The pastor, if he will, come up here, and we’ll dedicate this little boy to the Lord.

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Now, we try to keep it Scripturally.

This is your grandson, Brother West. Don’t seem possible, does it? Sister West, what do you think about that? Doesn’t it... You know what I think, though? You know, I’m grandpa, too.

It reminds me of Brother Demos Shakarian. He was standing before a great crowd of people. He gets everything mixed up like I do, you know. He was standing there. He said, “You know,” said, “I... I told Rose, I felt,” that’s his wife, said, “felt lots older since I was grandma.” He said, “No. I meant grand-...“ You know, I...

You’re not alone, Brother West. There’s lot of them in here. And it’s all right. I think we can really appreciate our grandchildren. This don’t... Hope this don’t sound bad. But we can have more time with them, I believe, than we did with our... our children. I asked the wife that, other day. Said, “Sure. You love them a little while, turn them back over to their mother, and go on.”

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Well, I’ve got a little grandson back there. He said, “Papa, preach. Papa, preach.” And they took up the offering last Sunday night, and had it laying on the table. They brought him in, back there, and... and he heard me through the microphone. He said, “Papa, preach. Papa, preach.”

And Billy said, “Yes, up there.”

He said, “No.” And the offering went all over the floor. He... he wanted to come out here, you know. And he’s always hollering at me, know, see me at any convention. He holler, “Papa, preach.” Hollered real loud. So I know they’re cute.

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Say, I wonder if I could borrow some of that hair? He don’t need it right now. I do. What’s his name? [Sister West says, “David Jonathan."] David Jonathan. Isn’t that a beautiful name? Well, I hope his life takes after the ones that he’s named after. David, the king, David; who, Christ is to set on his throne; and also Jonathan, the beloved friend. I... I tell you, they’re lovely little fellows. We appreciate them, very much. I... He’s waking up. And he can... he can holler “amen” as good as the rest of them, you know, so we just won’t let it bother us. We’re dedicating him to the Lord.

I think it’s mighty sweet, have a young couple, that God has placed in their care a little fellow like this, and come to give him to the Lord. And when you do that, it shows that you are not... that you are giving back to God that what God give to you. God bless him.

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Now, if you want to hold him, I believe maybe the mother could hold him a little better than I could. And how about us just laying hands on him? Would you rather do that? Cause, I’m afraid I’d drop him or, not drop him, break him or something another, you know. And I always afraid of breaking them, you know. My... my...

Meda said, back there... I think this is one job at the platform she kind of envies me, you know. She likes to hold the...

Well, looky here, he’s going to look at me. He’s a fine fellow. Yes, sir. Maybe I could hold him. I wonder. Oh, sister, don’t... I hope he don’t fall. Here, isn’t that cute? That cute? How you do? Well, now, sweet.

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Let us bow our heads.

Lord Jesus, many years ago, when Christianity was born in the form of a Man called Christ, the anointed Messiah, Jesus was His Name. The people brought their little infants to Him, that He might lay His hands upon them and bless them. And He said, “Suffer little children to come unto Me, and forbid them not, for such is the Kingdom of Heaven.” This lovely little couple, their grandparents and them have been true followers of the Word.

Lord Jesus, I bring, and hold to You, tonight, the pastor and I, this lovely little David Jonathan West. I give him to You, from the mother and daddy. I present him to You, Lord, for health, strength, a long life of service, to honor God Almighty, Who brought him into this world. May the blessings of God rest upon him. May the Holy Spirit rest upon this child. If there is a tomorrow, may he carry the Gospel that his parents and grandparents so cherish today. Grant it, Lord. Now, in the Name of Jesus Christ, I give You this child, in a dedication of its life. Amen.

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I believe they want to take a picture of the little fellow. [A camera clicks.] I jumped, too.

God bless you, sister. May you ever love and cherish the Lord Jesus, and the little fellow be raised in the admonition of God, and have a wonderful little boy. I’m sure. God be with you.

I believe he dropped his little pacifier? Did they get it? Oh, my!

Now let’s sing that little song, Bring Them In. Everybody, together now, for the little fellow. All right, sister.

Bring them in, bring them in,

Bring the little ones to Jesus.

I don’t know better hands to put them in. Do you? The hands of the Lord Jesus!

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Now, I know it’s hot out there. I want to say to the janitor, my brother, Doc, or other, them takes care of it. Some of the sisters are ruining their skirts on the... on the grease that’s on the chair. How many got some of it on them? I know, there’s my wife, my two daughters, little Betty Collins, Mrs. Beeler, some of them. It’s something, grease on there. If you take a look at it, Doc, when you can. It’s, I believe, it’s where they... It’s grease or paint, or something, right where they work up and down, the seats. And it isn’t? [Brother Edgar “Doc” Branham says, “There’s no grease on them, to get it off from."] Well, I... I don’t know what it is, then. Something I just... Is mentioned to me, and I said I’ll mention it to... to Doc. All right.

Now, Wednesday night prayer meeting. Is any other? You’ve announced? You got your announcements in, Brother Neville? Announcements all in.

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Now, if the Lord willing, next Sunday morning, I want to speak on the subject of indicting this generation for crucifying Christ. You say, “This generation couldn’t have done it.” We’ll find out whether they did, or not, according to the Word. Now, next Sunday morning, if the Lord is willing. If, now, if... if... if something occurs...

I’m supposed to be in Houston this week, also, in a convention, that take me through Sunday, so I don’t know whether I’ll be able or not. But we got a couple more Sundays to play on, before it, anyhow. Then we go to Chicago for the convention, or meeting in Chicago, the last week in this month. And then I have to take the family back to Arizona, for... for their vacation is over and the kiddies has to go back to school.

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Now, how many enjoyed the reading of the Word, and the blessings of the Lord? [Congregation says, “Amen."] We all do, so greatly.

Now, it’s hot, and I know some of you goes back home tonight. I know Brother Rodney and Charlie, and them, has to drive a long ways. And wait a minute, you’re on vacation, aren’t you? Well, I hear you’re going fishing.

“The Lord don’t lot time to the man when he’s fishing. You don’t get any older while you’re fishing.” So, now, you girls go with them. See? And I’ll come down and join you, if I can. And you know, “The good Lord,” they said, “don’t lot time to a man when he’s out fishing.” Do lot of it when you... when you feel all twisted up. It’s the best thing to relax on, I ever found in my life, is to go fishing.

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I had a little card, one time, from Mr. Troutman. Anybody ever remember Mr. Troutman, the ice company in New Albany? He had a little card on there, said, “Out fishing.” And went ahead, say, “A man that has... Every man, his brothers, out fishing. With a helping hand he’ll always lend, out fishing.” Had about eight or ten different things. Then when he got down at the bottom, said, “Man is closer to God when he’s out fishing.” So I think that’s about right. “The rich and poor are all the same, out fishing.” See? “A helping hand he’ll always lend, out fishing.” And everything was about, “Out fishing.”

Well, I’ll tell you another fishing I’ve been doing for about the last thirty-three years, has been fishing for the souls of men. May the Lord help us to win every one that we can find.

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Now, tonight, this is taping. Now, this morning, (if Jim is here, or taping), I... I think, on the tape, somebody called my attention to it, I said, “The second exodus.” I didn’t mean second. It’s, “Third exodus.”

The Holy Spirit in the form of a Pillar of Fire, God coming down in manifestation, brought out the first exodus, and... and back in... brought Israel out of Egypt.

The second exodus was Christ bringing the Church out of Judaism.

And, The Third Exodus, is when the same Pillar of Fire takes the Bride from the church. See? Out of the natural; out of the spiritual; and the Spiritual out of the spiritual. The three, see, the Spiritual out of the church, rather. Then we get the three, the three ages of it.

Now, tonight, I wanted to make another tape, and that was called: "Is Your Life Worthy Of The Gospel?" Probably wouldn’t take very long. Well, just some Scriptures and notes I got here, but first we want to read God’s Word. Before we do that, we just bow our hearts to Him just a moment.

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Lord Jesus, any man, physically, or woman, or child, can move back the pages of this Bible, but there’s no one that can reveal It but You. I pray, Lord, of taking this text as it’s placed upon my heart to send out across the nations, for the people, that they might know what type of life is required of them to live. For, so many has asked me, “Is the Christian Life a life of church service? Is it helping the poor, the needy? Or is it a constant member? Is it a loyal loyalty to the church?” and such questions. Father, may the correct answer come tonight, through these words, as we make an endeavorance to... to bring them to the people. In the Name of Jesus Christ, we ask it. Amen.

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Now turn in your Bibles, to the Book of Saint Luke, and we’ll start at the 14th chapter and the 16th verse, to read some Scripture for a basis, for a background, for this that we’re going to try to lot about thirty to forty minutes on. Now, the 16th verse of the 14th chapter of Saint Luke:

Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many:

And sent his servants at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for... for all things are now ready.

And they all with one accord begin to make excuses. The first said unto him, I... bought a piece of ground, and I must need go and see it: I pray thee have me excused.

And another said, I have bought five yoke of ox, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused.

...another said, I have married a wife... therefore I cannot come.

So the servant came, and showed his lord all these thing. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant...

Notice, it’s not servants. “Servant.”

...Go out quickly into the streets and the lane, and the cities, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind.

And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou has commanded, and yet there is room.

...the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.

For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.

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Now, did you notice, there was three pulls, or three turns, of it? When they went out, first, and call to them that were, or, bidden to come, and they didn’t do it. So there went out a healing campaign, went out to get the blind and halt. And still there were room, so he went out and compelled the good, bad, and indifferent; they should come in.

Now, you read another parable of this, something on order of it, in Matthew 22:1 to 10, if you’d like to read it, later on. But I... I drew this subject from there: Is Your Life Worthy Of The Gospel?

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Now, Jesus here is saying... Man has always tried to make excuses, not to receive God’s Word of His invitation. Though it be firmly proven to them, that it’s... that’s it’s His Supper and His invitation, but man is constantly making excuses. And if you read Saint Matthew 22, you’ll find that the excuses were made there, also. And... and they try...

It went back into all ages. Went back into the age, and said a man bid them, and... and had a vineyard. And we find that parable. And how he sent his servants to collect from this vineyard. First servant come, what did they do? They run him off. The next servant come, they also stoned him. And they run servant after servant off; the cruel men. The king sent, finally, his son. And when his son came, we find out, that, “They said, ‘This is an heir. We’ll kill him, then we’ll have all things.’” Then Jesus said to them, “The king sent forth and slew those murderers, and burnt their cities.”

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Now, we see, when God gives a man an invitation, and to do something, or to receive the invitation that He’s given him, and he returns it down, then there’s nothing left, after mercy is spurned, but judgment. If you step over the boundaries of mercy, then there’s only one thing left, and that is judgment. And we find that man has done that in all ages. It’s happened, most every age, in the Bible.

When God sent Noah, His servant, and made a way of an escape for all the people who wanted to... to be saved. But the people only laughed and scorned at Noah. But God made the way, but they had an excuse. It wasn’t according to their... to their modern thinking. It didn’t... It wasn’t the way they wanted it, so they made excuses in the days of Noah.

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They made excuses in the days of Moses. They made excuses in the days of Elijah. They made excuses in the days of Christ. And they make excuses today.

Now, Him speaking directly to Israel, the ones that was called to the feast, that I would also apply today to men, the church, who has been bidden to come to the feast, and won’t do it, the spiritual feast of the Lord. And they won’t do it. They don’t want to do it. They’ve got other things to do. They find excuses.

Now, if Israel, two thousand years ago, would accepted the invitation that they were given, they wouldn’t be as they are today. Two thousand years ago, Israel turned down the invitation to come to the wedding supper, and they turned it down and went into judgment. But, as Jesus said, they stoned and kill the prophets that was sent to them, by making excuses, now, the excuses they made in each day.

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We find, in the days of Jesus, that He didn’t... He didn’t affiliate with any of them. They said, “When did this Man get this learning? What school is He from? Is not This the carpenter’s Son? Isn’t His mother called Mary? Is His brothers, Joses and James, so forth? And isn’t His sisters with us? Then where did this Man get this authority to do this?” See? Other words, He didn’t affiliate with them. So they said, “He’s Beelzebub. He’s a Samaritan. He’s got a devil, and He’s mad. He’s a... He’s a... He’s a Man that’s got an evil spirit, on the line of religion, and has drove Him crazy. And that’s what. He’s out there like a wild man. Don’t pay any attention to Him.” And we know what happened to Israel. And they screamed out. They was so sure that that Man was wrong, until, oh, when they condemned Him, he said... he said, “Let His Blood be upon us and upon our children.” And It’s been there ever since.

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Jesus was trying to tell them that their excuses was what killed the prophets, and what killed the righteous that come. They accepted their creeds that men had given them, instead of taking the Word of God. And, by doing so, had made the Word of God of no effect.

Now, you’ve either got to say, in this, that This is God’s will and God’s desire, or either something else that you can crop up, that’s better than what This is. Now, you have to take one or the other. You can’t serve God and mammon. And you’ve got to say, “This is the Truth,” or “That’s part of the Truth,” or “It isn’t all the Truth,” or “It isn’t put together right,” or “It isn’t interpreted right.”

And the Bible said, that, “The Word of God is no private interpretation.” No one else is supposed to put an interpretation to It, It’s written just the way God wants It interpreted. Just what It says, That, that’s what is supposed to be. Just take It the way It’s said, way It’s wrote down Here.

Now, they accept their creeds. They make God’s promises of no effect to them. They bypass That. They’ll skip away from It.

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Now, if Russia had accepted the pentecostal Blessing, seventy-five years ago, when the Holy Ghost fell in Russia, they wouldn’t have been communists today. Now, seventy-five years ago, they had a great revival in Russia. God come among them, and they had great revivals, way into Siberia. And what did they do? They rejected It. And today, the country is gone, and the churches can’t have church, only under permission. And they are doomed into judgment. Has gone off on this wild tantrum of communism; sold out to the devil.

Fifty years ago, the Holy Ghost fell in England. Just after that come George Jeffreys, and F.F. Bosworth, and Charles Price, Smith Wigglesworth, those great warriors of the faith, fifty years ago, and offered England the Holy Ghost revival. But what did they do? They laughed at them, put them in jail, called them crazy, thought they had lost their minds. The churches refused the people to come hear them. And they healed the sick, and cast out devils, and done great works. And because that England, as a nation, rejected the Gospel, her... her sins is knowed throughout all the world. There’s hardly a... a more of an apostate nation in all the world, even including Rome and France, than England. She’s a mother of apostasy. Right where Finney and many of the great men preached, in the... the Haymarket, and Charles G. Finney, and Wesley, and on down, and she turned It down.

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And now, even last week, or two, in the papers, you find out where their great men has so weakened to the... to the sex of women, until spies come in. And their head man found some more of them. The magazines has packed it. Their sin of scandal, right in their government, has sowed their disgraceful name across the world. Why? She rejected the Truth. She had her excuse, and she’s finished. England is all washed up, with God, long time ago. If...

America, fifteen years ago, when the great healing revival continued on from pentecost, broke out in the nation, and there was a revivals on the capital, Washington, DC. The presidents, vice-presidents, great people, governors; great things taken place, governors and... and men were healed. Like, Congressman Upshaw had been a cripple for... for sixty-six years, and they could not turn their face and say it wasn’t so. It was right before them, but they turned It down.

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And, tonight, that’s the reason this nation stays. She is doomed. There is no hope for it, at all. She’s crossed the line between judgment and mercy. And she’s elected in what she has here, to control the nation. And she is rotten, to the core. Her politics is rotten. The morals of this nation is lower than anything I can think of. And her religious system is rottener than the morals. She becomes, in doing this, she has now joined herself, all these churches, and of the nation, into the federation of churches, and has taken the mark of the beast. What a thing! Why? Christ give them the opportunity, “Come to My feast,” the feast of pentecost, which means “fifty.”

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When the Holy Spirit poured out on Russia, they was called to a feast of pentecost, spiritual feast, and they turned It down. England, the Holy Ghost was poured out upon them, and they turned It down. America, the Holy Ghost was poured out upon them, and they’ve turned It down.

He bid three times. Three times, He sent out, and they did not listen to the feast. Then He sent again, and He said, “Go and compel those people to come. The table has got to be set. The table is ready. There is still room.” And I believe, that, maybe, maybe within the next few months, or something, or year, or whatever it is, God is going to send another shaking across the country, for there is somebody still out there, somewhere, that’s a predestinated Seed, that the Light has to fall on, somewhere, somewhere in the world. The nation, itself, is gone.

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I was looking in this week’s Life magazine; down at, well, down at Little Rock, the other day, or, rather, Hot Springs. And there I seen, I believe it was a governor of the state of New York, with some kind of a striptease over in Honolulu, dancing with her. Now... And here, below that, was another renown man. Oh, what a disgrace! Look at our nation today. Look at the condition of our... of our nation. Look where she’s went to, how low she sunk.

Look at our religious system today. How can it be that the churches can ever get into the condition that they are now? Is because they have rejected and refused the Message of God, the invitation to come to the feast. Could you call a life like that worthy of the Gospel? Could you call a life, that could set and permit their... their people to do the things, to smoke cigarettes?

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The other day, down here, a certain church, a little league team was playing down here at the park, and my brother-in-law’s little boy is a pitcher for one of the teams. And so he was out there pitching, and there was a church league playing. And there was the pastor, with these little fellows out there on the ground, playing. And the pastor smoked cigarette after cigarette, of a real neighborly church right here by us. And could you imagine a man... And even people setting in the audience noticed it. But it’s getting so that they don’t even pay any attention to it.

A certain great church, a Baptist church, that I know of, lets the church out from Sunday school, fifteen extra minutes, so that the pastor and all of them can stand outside and smoke, before they come back in to serve the duty of the Lord. John Smith, the founder of that church, prayed so hard, that God send a revival, till his eyes swolled shut at night, and his wife had to lead him to the table and feed him with a spoon. If... That man would turn over in his grave if he knowed that church had got in that condition. What is it? They were bidden to come, and turned it down. That’s the only thing. And you remember, Jesus said, in here, that those that were bidden, and turned it down, would not taste His supper.

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When God sends the Holy Ghost and knocks at a man’s door, and he deliberately turns It down, sometime he’s going to turn It for his last time, and then you won’t be a privileged character. You can set in a church and listen to the Gospel, and agree with the Gospel. You might do so much as say, “I know It’s right,” but never put a finger on It, to help It, yourself. See? You just listen to It, ’cause you say, “I believe It’s right.” That’s just sympathizing with It.

I could say, “I believe that’s a ten thousand dollars.” That don’t mean I got it. See? I could say, “That’s good cold water,” but refuse to drink it. You know what I mean?

And this is Eternal Life. And to refuse to do it, one day you’ll cross the line between judgment and mercy, and then you won’t be have the privilege to come and receive It.

To you people who come here. I’m not responsible for those who... or... or other ministers are speaking to. But, if It’s right, you owe your life to It. What more could you ever find, that would be more of a benefit to you, than to know that you can have Eternal Life?

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What if I was giving away capsules here, that, scientifically proven, scientifically proven that this capsule would make you live a thousand years? Well, I... I’d have to get a militia out here, and swarm them away from the place. You wouldn’t have to make an altar call for it. You just have to beat them away from it, to live a thousand years.

And, yet, scientifically proven that the Eternal God, all His power of His resurrections, which promise you Eternal Life, and Satan will put his legions out there and keep you away from It. See? Yet, you can look, and sensible enough to look in the face of It and see It’s right, but then turn It down. See?

Something, some kind of an excuse. “It’s too hot. I’m too tired. I will, tomorrow.” Just some kind of an excuse, that’s all they do. By rejecting the day of visitation, it separates you from God.

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Now, we notice. And, in the Old Testament, they had what they called the jubilee year. That was when all the people, that was slaves, could go free when the jubilee sounded. And then if a man did not go out, if there was some excuse that he could give, that he didn’t want to return to his land, then he had to be marked in the ear, with an awl, by the post in the temple. And then no matter how many jubilees come along, that man was sold out. He could never no more come back as a citizen in Israel, no more. What did he do? He rejected his invitation. He didn’t have to pay nothing. The debt of his slavery was over. His family was free. He could go right back to his homeland and get his own possession. But if he refused to do it, then he wasn’t lotted no more with Israel, and his possession was give to another.

Now, the same thing in the natural applies to the spiritual. That, if we, as inheritants of Eternal Life, and we hear the Gospel and know that It’s true, and we reject It, and refuse to do it or to listen to It, we take on the mark of the beast.

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Now, somebody said, “Now, there’s going to be a... a mark of the beast, it’s going to come some day.” Let me tell you. It’s already come. See? As soon as the Holy Ghost begin to fall, the mark of the beast begin to take place. See?

You only have two things. One of them, is, accept It, takes the Seal of God. To reject It, takes the mark of the beast. To reject the Seal of God is to take the mark of the beast. Everybody understand? [Congregation says, “Amen."] To reject the Seal of God is to take the mark of the beast. For, the Bible said, “All that was not sealed by the Seal of God took the mark of the beast.”

When the trumpet sounded, and all wanted to go free could go. Them that didn’t, was marked.

Now, you see, the mark of the beast, if we talk about it in the future, is when it’s going to be made manifest, when you realize it’s what you’ve already done. See? And so is the Holy Spirit, It’s to be manifested. When we see the Lord Jesus coming in glory, and feel that transforming power, and see the dead rising out of the grave, and know that a second longer, we’ll be changed and have a body like His. It’ll be made manifest. Then, to see those who rejected It, will be left down, out.

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Didn’t Jesus said the virgins went out to meet Christ? Some of them fell asleep, the first watch, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, to the seventh watch. But, in the seventh watch, then came forth the sound, “Behold, the Bridegroom cometh. Go ye out to meet Him.” And the ones that were sleeping, awakened. All the age back, to Pentecost, woke up. See? From the seventh age, the seventh church age, all the way back through, woke up. And these that were in this church age, a living, they were changed. And they went in.

At the very time they went in, the sleeping virgin come and said, “We want to buy some of your Oil.”

But they said, “We just got enough for ourself. Go to them that sell It.”

“And while they were trying to receive this Oil, the Bridegroom came.” There has never been a time in the history of the world, that the Episcopalians, Baptists, Methodists, Presbyterians... The papers are full. The religious papers are praising God, that those sleeping virgins are now trying to receive pentecost, trying to receive the Holy Ghost. And don’t the people realize that it will not happen, according to the Word of God? “While they were trying to come back, the Bridegroom come and took away the Bride. And they were cast into outer darkness, for judgment,” because they rejected their invitation.

All peoples are bidden to come. God, in every age, has sent out His Light, and It’s been rejected. And, now, today is no different from any other day.

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To reject the day of the visitation... When God is making a visit to the Church and to the people, receive It then. Don’t put it off till next year, the next revival. That’s the hour, “Today is the day of salvation.”

And remember, God has never sent a Message, in any day, but what He vindicated It with the supernatural. Jesus said, Hisself, “If I do not the works of My Father, then believe Me not. But if I do the works, you believe the works if you can’t believe Me,” and when you see it clearly cut and... and made manifest.

Now the time has come that she rejects It, then she’s bored in the ear with an awl, then she’ll never hear It. Now she takes herself to the confederation of churches, to go right in to take the mark of the beast.

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“One of the great ambitions,” somebody give me the paper just now, this new pope has said, “is to unite the churches together.” They’ll do it just as certain as I’m standing here. And the Protestants fall for it. See? Because, the church... The Bible said, Paul, the prophet of the Lord, said, “That day will not come except there come a falling away, first, and then the... before the man of sin will be revealed. He that setteth in the temple of God, upholding himself, all that’s above God; he, as God,” forgiving sins on the earth, and so forth. How that this thing happened! But it couldn’t happen until the falling away, until the church begin to get away from the spiritual feast, draw itself back and organize itself. And then the revelation didn’t stay with the church.

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Remember, Israel walked, day and night, by the Pillar of Fire. When that Pillar of Fire moved, they moved with It. And remember, It was a Fire at night, and a Cloud at day. So It might come, day or night, any time. But, wherever It was, there was a propitiation made, that they would not fail to see It. It was a Light at night, and a Cloud in the day time, and they followed It. Yes, sir. The same thing!

Martin Luther saw It. What did he do? He come out of Catholicism. But what did they do? They built a little fence around, said, “We’re Lutherans. This is it.”

Then Wesley saw It moving away from there. He went. What’d they do? Built a little fence around it, said, “This is it.” What’d the Light do? Moved right on, again.

Pentecost saw It. What’d they do? Moved out of the Wesleyan and Nazarenes, and so forth. What do they do? They build little fence around it, called, “We are oneness,” and “We’re trinity,” and “We’re the United,” and all this. What did He do? God moved right on out of it. See?

We cannot do that. We’ve got to follow, every day, every hour of the day, every step of the way. We’ve got to be led by the Lord Jesus Christ. If we don’t, we take an organizational life. And a life that doesn’t follow Christ, daily, is not worthy.

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A man that’s a Christian on Sunday, and goes to church, sets back there and thinks he owns the church because he does this, that, or the other, and on Monday will steal and lie. And women that’ll go out on the public beaches, and... and out upon the streets, with immoral clothes on!

I thought of... of the first lady, wouldn’t even put on makeup, to go before the pope; and come back, and set a waterhead haircut spree for the women in the nation. And all these dresses, that, when she’s become mother, every woman in the country wants to wear one of them mother-type dresses now. That’s right. It’s examples. And they know that those people would do that. They take on a spirit of the world. And that don’t belong in the Church of the living God.

Women ought to look to Jesus Christ. You ought to look to Sarah and them of the Old Testament.

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Now, they got so that... I was preaching the other night, somewhere, about women to obey their husband. Obey? Yeah. That went out of the marriage ritual, a long time ago. But they ain’t going to do that. No, sir. They live in America, and they let you know so. They’re not going to obey. But, as long as you don’t do it, don’t never try to call yourself a Christian, ’cause you’re not. I don’t care how much you dance and speak with tongues, if you don’t obey your husband, you’re out of the will of God.

A woman that wears shorts and does these things that she does on the street, don’t call yourself a Christian. You want to have the world and still hold your testimony. You cannot do that in the Presence of God, when you know better than to do it.

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Notice, “bored in the ear,” marked away, then you’ll never hear. Remember, that’s a sign of closing the ears. You won’t hear It no more. You won’t listen. You’ll never be able again, do it again.

Oh! “She don’t believe That.” Oh, my! “Don’t tell her. She believes it.” No. “She tell you right...“ She don’t know It. How could a... a lady... Just ask you, how could a lady...

As I spoke Sunday, last Sunday night, a week ago tonight, on “a red flashing light,” how that the... the... the run of women has become prettier than it ever was. Now, that’s nothing... nothing against the woman, now, that’s just... but how she controls that. See? The... She’s got that way, to put her in a temptation, like Eve was put before the tree.

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Every man, every son that comes to God, has got to go through that hour of testing. This is the age of women, this nation is, where she has to go through that testing. If she can be a pretty woman, and act like a sister, the Lord’s blessings upon her. But when she can get herself to... to know this, and display herself, absolutely shows that she’s got a... a bad spirit on her. She don’t mean to be that way, I don’t think, many of them don’t. But they don’t realize that.

Could you tell me that a decent, thinking woman could put herself on, these little clothes that they wear out here on the street?

I’ve got two young girls setting here. I don’t know what the outcome of them kids will be. I just pray for them. Kids, today, I don’t... You can’t tell. I don’t know. They’re not immune from that. They’ve got to stand on their own two feet, before Jesus Christ, and give an answer. They can’t go in on what... on... on what I believe, and what their mother believes. I don’t know what they do. But I actually believe, in this hour, if them girls went out on a street, with them kind of clothes on, and a man insulted them, in them kind of clothes, I don’t believe, if I had the opportunity, I could even condemn the man. That’s right. I condemn the girls. They had no business doing that.

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Listen. If man thinks, and they teach that, “Man is no more than an animal. He come from the animal race.” And look, then, you put him out there like...

You take the dog to the little female at certain times, through the fences and everything else, because the little female is in that condition; hogs, cows, every other animal. And if we are animal life; which, we are, the physical part. And then when a woman displays herself like that, she proves that she’s the same thing the little dog is, or the same thing, exactly, for she wouldn’t be doing that. She knows. Nature teaches her that man is going to look at her. And the Bible said, “Whosoever looketh upon a woman to lust after her has committed adultery with her already in his heart.”

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That puts a testing time. And the devil pretties them women, and strips them down, and set them out there, to give you a test. Men, turn your heads. Be sons of God. Women, you dress like daughters of God. Don’t answer for adultery yonder at the Day.

If that woman, no matter how innocent... She might have never done nothing wrong, never even had it in her mind to do wrong. But when that sinner who looked upon that graceful form of that woman (knowing he’s a male, and female sex is in one... glands in one, and male in the other one), and that sinner is going to have to answer for it at the Day of the Judgment: Who did it? Who is guilty? Not him. You. There you are, immoral.

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Look at this nation. It used to be, when they... they had the knee-high dresses that the women wore, we had to send to Paris to get them. Today, Paris sends here to get them. It’s got so filthy till Paris can’t keep up with it. That’s right. The whole... Why? Rejecting the Gospel. Why?

Paris didn’t have It. It’s one hundred percent Catholicism. The Protestants can’t even get in there. Look at Billy Graham. I think there’s only six hundred Christians in all Paris, out of the millions, six hundred Christians, Protestants. That’s not Holy-Ghost-filled. That’s just absolutely Protestants, six hundred of them, out of the millions times millions. They didn’t get the opportunity to reject It.

But these people has the Gospel. And when they get away from the Message and the Gospel that they seen demonstrated, make fun of It because some old prostitute doctrine has weaved them around; and some pastor standing in the pulpit, thinking more of a dollar and a meal ticket than he does of the soul, the people that he’s preaching to, that’s right, that’s what’s done it. Now she leads the world.

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You remember, not long ago, in this tabernacle. I preached on a subject, about twenty years ago, “I’ll show you the goddess of America,” and had the little flapper here, setting there with it. That’s what it is. Now they’re even, get it. They’re getting what they’ve asked for. And they’re going to get it. That’s all.

No. They won’t believe it. No, sir. They let you know they’re American citizens, and they got a right to... to function any way they want to. I just wish...

Let me tell you. I’ll tell you now. No, sir, politics will never work. No, sir, democracy will never work. Democracy is rotten, to the bone. If it could be run amongst a bunch of Christians, it would be fine. But when you put it out there in the world, it becomes all sails and no anchor. Exactly right.

Looky here, today. Anything can take place, and they’ll be just... Anything, pull a few politics, and they’ll get by with murder.

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When I preached down there, that night to try to save them two kids’ life. They’re as guilty as guilty could be. Even that attorney got up behind me there, and he said, “It’s right.” He said, “I don’t believe in taking the people’s life.” He said, “If you’ll notice on your criminal records, who is it that gets killed in electric chairs and things? It’s not the rich. He can afford to get him a lawyer and some pull, some dirty tricks, and some wheels here, and some over here, and bribe the thing.” He said, “It’s poor kids like that, that ain’t got enough money to buy them a decent meal, that’s the kind that gets it. There is the kind they electrocute, somebody that’s like they call a bunch of ignorant people, and they just hold up their name of capital punishment.”

I said, “The first murder was ever committed in the world, one brother killed another, and God did not take his life for it. He put a mark on him, that nobody should take his life. Right. That’s the Supreme Judge.”

And I see they took the sentence off of them. Now they’re going to get another trial. Course, they’ll get life now, which will be eleven years, and maybe stand for parole. They’re guilty. Certainly. They’re guilty. They ought to be sent to penitentiary, for life-time, but not their life taken. No man has a right to take another man’s life. No, sir. I don’t believe in it. No, indeed.

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Oh! They say... Why, they don’t believe that they’re out of the will of the Lord, because that’s all they know about, all they want to hear about. They turned their ear against the Truth, in there.

Neither did Egypt want to know that that bunch of holy-rollers down there was the will of the Lord. How’d they want to know that some crazy man come in there, from the wilderness, with whiskers hanging down like this, and said, “Pharaoh, I come in the Name of the Lord. Turn them children loose”?

Pharaoh would say, “Who? Me? Throw him out.” See? “Me?”

“If you don’t do it, the Lord’s God is going to smite this nation.”

Still, “The old crank, turn him out somewhere. Let him go. The sun has kind of baked his mind.” See? But it brought judgment, because the man was a prophet and had THUS SAITH THE LORD. Exactly right. They didn’t want to believe it.

Rome didn’t want to believe it, either, but it happened just the same.

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Israel didn’t want to believe that that was the Messiah. “How could they, bunch of... bunch of Galileans?” Saying, “Art not all these Galileans? Where did they come from? What kind of a crowd does He go with? The very poorest that can be got together, that’s the crowd He associates with. That’s who comes to hear Him, is the poor people, them people that don’t know nothing. They’re not elected. They’re not... they’re not the intellectual type that we are. They’re a poor bunch.” You hear it say about the revival in this day. “What kind of crowd hears them? What kind goes to these meetings? What kind of a people are they?”

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I heard a fellow say, not long ago... Well, he was kind of... He was Hope’s stepfather. And I was telling him about the baptism the Holy Spirit. He said, “Now, who would believe a thing like that, ’less some kind of a bunch like you got up there?” He said, “You let So-and-so, a businessman here in the town, wicked as all get, let him say that he received the Holy Ghost, then I’d believe it.”

I said, “Don’t worry. He’ll never say it.” The man died instantly, without God. See?

You be careful what you’re doing. Be careful what you’re saying. You want a life worthy of the Gospel. Right.

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Israel didn’t believe that, that bunch of people. “That madman, by the Name of Jesus of Nazareth, born,” they thought, “an illegitimate birth.” And the people believed it. Because, they said, “That wasn’t his. Why, His father is Joseph, and Mary was to have this Baby before they was even... Born, why, it’s illegitimate. And what is He? Just a madman. Is one of them funny-sort of a guy. Don’t go to hear Him.” What did they do? They were sending their souls to hell. They took...

Jesus said, “Let them alone. If the blind leads the blind, don’t they both fall in the ditch?” That’s right. They didn’t know it. They wouldn’t believe It. They could not.

They could not see how that a simple people with a simple Message, to be rejected, could cause a great nation to fall to ruins. Now listen. They could not understand that: a simple, ordinary, common bunch of people. You know, the Bible said that, “The common people heard Jesus gladly.”

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I had a little something to happen in Mexico, not long ago. General Valdena, elected of God, the Light shined across his path once, in one of the meetings. That great Catholic warrior, one of the highest generals in Mexico, come humbly to the altar and received the baptism the Holy Ghost. He went back down into Mexico. He kept crying for me, come down there. Finally, I decided to go down. The Lord led me; had a vision. Told my wife. Went down there.

And when he did, him being one their chief generals, four-star general, he went to the headquarters, to the government. And, they, they’re hard against Protestants down there, you know. So they know this going to be a terrific meeting, so he went down there and got a militia guard. And when they did, they got the big arena. And they was going to bring me in like that. The government was bringing me in.

So, when they did, the... the bishop, one of the great bishops of the Catholic church, went up to him, to the governor, and said, “Sir, I understand that you’re bringing in a non-Catholic.”

Said, “Yes. What about it?”

“Why,” he said, “you can’t have a man like that in here. This government has never knowed of doing a thing like that.”

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“But,” said, “we’ve done it now.” He said, “Why,” said, “the man is a reputable man. I understand that thousands of people comes out to hear him. General Valdena, he’s my bosom friend.” He said... And had the... The president himself is Protestant, you know, Methodist. So he said... he said, “The man is a reputable man, as far as I know.” Said, “General Valdena here, he is converted under this man.” Said, “Why, he is, as far as I know, a reputable person.” Said, “Thousands of people, they claim, will come hear him.”

And this bishop said, “What kind of a people is it, sir? Just the ignorant. That’s the ones that goes, hear a person like that.”

The president said, “Sir, you’ve had them for five hundred years, why are they ignorant?” That was enough. That settled it. Oh, my! That dehorned them. Yes, sir. Yeah.

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Then when that little baby was raised from the dead, I sent a runner behind the man. The lady was saying, in Spanish, “The baby died, this morning at nine o’clock.” And it was pouring down, rain. Having about ten thousand converts to Christ, each night.

The night before, an old blind man had received his sight on the platform. Oh, three or four times size this tabernacle, and about that high, of old shawls and hats laying. And I just...

They let me down on ropes, in the ring, to get me in. I just walked out there and started preaching, by faith.

Billy come, said, “Daddy, you going to have to do something, that woman.” Said, “I got three hundred ushers standing there. They can’t stop a little bitty woman, weigh a hundred pounds, nearly.” And pretty, little lady about so high, about, oh, maybe her first baby. I’d say she’s twenty-three or twenty-five years old.

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And she was standing there, and her hair hanging down, and holding a little baby. And she would make a lunge for that line. The men would push her back. She’d climb up over the top of them, that baby on her hip, any way, go between their legs, or anything. They’d get her up there, and have to kick her off the platform.

And they didn’t have no prayer card to give her. He said, “If I let her come in there, Daddy, with that dead baby, with no prayer card, and...“ Said, “Them others standing there, has been standing here two or three days, in that rain and sun. And let her get ahead of them,” said, “it’ll cause a... a fuss down there.”

I said, “That’s all right.” Brother Moore was there, and he’s kind of bald-headed like me. And I said, “She don’t know who is who, so many people.” I said, “Send...“ And... and a couple the brethren, one of the brethren from here at tabernacle, that he’s gone to Glory now, I can’t think of his name just at this time, but, he was standing back there. So I said, “Brother Moore, go down, pray for the baby. She’ll never know who, whether it’s me or you. Just go on down. And not able to speak English.”

And so Brother Moore said, “All right, Brother Branham.”

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He started walking down. I said, “As I was saying, fa-...“ And I seen a little baby, little Mexican baby setting in front of me, just laughing. I said, “Wait a minute.” And I said, “Let the little lady through.”

Billy said, “I can’t do that, Daddy. She...“

I said, “I saw a vision, Billy.”

Said, “Oh, that’s different.”

So we opened up the crowd like that and brought her through. Here she come, falling on her knees, with the prayer beads in her hand. I said, “Get up.”

So I said, “Heavenly Father, now I don’t know what You’re going to do. I don’t know whether You just want me to satisfy the woman by praying for the baby, or what. But,” I said, “I lay my hands upon the little baby, in the Name of the Lord Jesus.” Just the same thing as I did to Brother Way, laying there on the floor, dead, the other day. And the blanket kicked, and that little baby started screaming. And it was to its life. When...

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I sent a runner, Brother Espinosa, to go with her to the doctor, and get a sworn affidavit from the doctor, “That baby died.” That was about ten o’clock that night. “Died that morning at nine o’clock, in his office, with pneumonia.” He got a sworn statement from the doctor.

The papers couldn’t keep that still, you know, so they had to come over. They interviewed me. And they said to me, he said, “Do you think that our saints could do that, too?”

I said, “If they’re living.”

“Oh,” he said, “you can’t be a saint until you’re dead.” There you are. See? And the people...

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You see, other day, where they had this nun they played up, in the paper? So, a new saint died, oh, a hundred years ago, or something like that, and they made a... canonized her now, made a saint out of her. And they said that... that she come back from the dead and prayed for some sick person that had leukemia. Wasn’t it? It was in one of the magazines. Just think how they try to play that up, and when there’s hundreds and hundreds of cases right under the nose of the people here. What’s that thing? For a thing to play the Protestant church right into it, see, make it think something.

And then the real works of the Lord, where it’s perfectly vindicated, proved, they are daresn’t to touch the paper with it. There you are. They received an invitation and turned it down. Yes, sir.

They can’t understand how a simple Message, a simple people, to reject a thing like that would cause them to go into chaos.

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A woman said to me, Grants Pass, Oregon, some time ago, Catholic girl come out there to condemn and write up. She was a newspaper reporter, pack of cigarettes in her hand. And she said, “I want to talk to you.”

I said, “What is it you want to say?”

She said, “I wanted to ask you some questions about this religion of yours.”

And I said, “What is it you want to ask?”

And she said, “By what authority you do this?”

I said, “In the Name of Jesus Christ, by a Divine call.” And she went ahead, smarting off. I said, “Just a minute.”

She said, “If I had to associate with that bunch of ignoramuses up there,” she said, “I wouldn’t even want to be a Christian.” She said, “And if them... They say that them people will rule the earth someday.” She said, “I hope I’m not here.”

I said, “Don’t worry. You won’t be.” I said, “You... have to worry about that.”

“Why,” she said, “all that there carrying on and screaming!”

I said, “And you claim to be a Catholic?”

She said, “I am.”

I said, “Did you know the blessed virgin Mary had to receive the Holy Ghost and speak in tongues, and dance in the Spirit, the same way they did, before God would receive her? You call her the mother of God.”

She said, “That’s nonsense.”

I said, “Just a minute. I...“

“I’m not supposed to look at the Bible.”

I said, “Then how you going to know what is Truth or not?”

She said, “I take my church’s word.”

I said, “This is God’s Word. Here It is right here. I challenge you to look at It. And Mary was with them up there in the upper room, and received the baptism of the Holy Ghost like the rest of them did. And you call her the mother of God.” I said, “Then call that, ‘Bunch of trash, backwash’?” I said, “Don’t worry. You won’t be There. You don’t have much to worry about, if that’s all you got to worry about. You better worry about your own sinful soul, girl.” And I let her go.

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Now think of all this, a simple. God makes it so simple.

How could Ahab, how could Jezebel, how could those people who thought that Elijah was a witch, thought he was a spiritualist? Even Ahab said, “Here is the one that’s caused all this trouble to Israel.”

He said, “You’re the one has troubled Israel.”

How could that nation think, that, to reject the message of a fuzzy-faced man like that, no priestly garments on, and so forth, would be the condemnation of it?

How could Egypt, the rule the world, pharaohs, and its class and dignity... ? The world has never come to that place again, in science and so forth. How could they think, to reject an old prophet of eighty years old, with whiskers hanging down, gray hair, stomping out of there, a fugitive? And come out there with a message, “You’ll either let them go, or God will destroy the nation.” How could Pharaoh? “You’ll obey me, Pharaoh.”

Pharaoh said, “Obey?” Oh, him, Pharaoh! “And an old man, some old crank,” they thought, “turn a guy down like that, destroy a nation?” But it did it. Oh, my!

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Let’s stop, pause a few minutes and have a prayer, and think. What day are we living in? Where we at? Another modern, scientific age. We better think. Maybe, you stop, people stop and pray a little while, and think a little bit, you’d feel better after you get through doing it. That’s right.

A Christian is not a tool, or some kind of a mechanical wrench to a great big religious regime. That’s right. A Christian is not some kind of tool that keeps a religious organization moving. A Christian, that is not a Christian. A Christian is to be Christ-like. And a Christian cannot be a Christian until Christ comes into the man, the Life of Christ in him. Then it produces the Life that Christ lived, and you do the things that Christ did.

What am I talking about? Personal relationship to Christ. What is it? Is your life worthy of the Gospel?

Now I’m trying to lay that background there, to show you that, men and women who were renown women, men.

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The Bible said. Did you notice? Last Sunday night, something I forgot to put in, Genesis the 6th chapter and the 4th verse. “Those men who taken to them women, for wives, were men of old, renown.” Renown men, predicted to come again. “Like it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the Coming of the Son of man.” “Renown men taking women,” not wives, “women; going after strange flesh.”

Look in England, a couple weeks ago. Look in the United States. Look everywhere, it’s full of prostitution. Great men, great, high offices, bringing disgrace upon the nation, running after women. That great man there in England, some kind of a warlord, like, why, did you notice, he had a pretty wife. Her picture was there, along. Look at that Russian prostitute, but she was all sexy dressed, and throwed herself out there, to display her female flesh. And the man fell for it.

What we need today is sons of God. We need men in government, that’s sons of God. That’s right. Therefore, a good, godly king would stop all this nonsense. There wouldn’t be no strings to pull. Like David did, he put a stop to it. Certainly did, ’cause he was the king. And there was only...

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The real way, is, God being the King, and God sends a prophet. Didn’t Samuel tell them before they ever got a king? He said, “God is your King. Have I ever told you anything in the Name of the Lord but what come to pass?”

They said, “No. That’s right.”

“Have I ever bummed you for your living?”

“No. You never did bum us for a living.”

“I’ve never told you nothing but what was right, before the Lord.” Said, “God is your King.”

“Oh, we realize that. And we know you’re a good man, Samuel. We believe the Word of the Lord comes to you, but we want a king, anyhow.” See? That’s what they get.

Pentecost wanted an organization, anyhow. It got it. That’s right. Wanted to be like the rest the churches. You are. Go ahead, that, that’s just what it takes. But God is our King. God is our King. Yes, sir.

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What is it? Is because that the people, like they did in the days of Christ, like they have in every age, they find an excuse. They have their own creeds. You might not want to say, “I... I bought a cow, and I got to go see whether she... she will work or not, or give milk, or... or what stock she is.” You might not have that excuse.

But here is the kind excuse the people may say, “I’m a Presbyterian. We don’t believe in That. I’m Baptist. We don’t believe in no such stuff as That. Well, I’m a Lutheran.” Well, that don’t have anything to do with It. That don’t mean you’re a Christian. That means that you belong to a bunch of people that’s organized. And you belong to the Lutheran lodge, the Baptist lodge, the Pentecostal lodge. There is no such a thing as Pentecostal Church. There is no such a thing as Baptist Church. It’s Baptist lodge, Pentecostal lodge, Presbyterian lodge.

But there’s only one Church. And there’s only one way you can get into It, and that’s by Birth. You’re born into the Church of Jesus Christ, and a member of His Body, of the spiritual delegation of Heaven. Then the signs, that Christ is with you, lives through you.

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Christians, oh, you must have a personal relationship to God. In order to be a son of God, you must become relation to God. He must be your Father, in order for you to be His son. And only His sons and daughters are saved, not the members of a church, but sons and daughters. There’s only one thing that will produce that, that’s the new Birth. The new Birth is the only thing that will produce relationship to God. That right? [Congregation says, “Amen."] Sons and daughters. Then when this takes place, then the men...

Here’s the question I want to get to you. The man says, “What do we do then after we been born again?” So many ask me that question. “What should I do then, Brother Branham?” If you are born again, your entire nature is changed. You are dead to the things you once thought.

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“Well,” you say, “Brother Branham, when I joined church, I got that.”

Well, then, when, God said, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He still heals the sick. He still shows vision.”

“But, Brother Branham, my church!” Now, you’re not born again. See? You can’t be; for, if the very God, if His Life is in you, like the... you are in... the life of your father, and, if the very Life of God is in you, the very Spirit that was in Christ, in you, how can the Spirit live in Jesus Christ and write This, and then come back down in you and deny That? See? Can’t do it. It’ll punctuate every Word to be so.

Then, if you say, “Well, I’m a good member of the church,” that don’t have one thing to do with It.

I know the heathen. Down in Africa, amongst my dark brethren down there, I find the morals of them people higher than... than ninety percent of the American people. Why, in some of the tribes there, if a young girl is not married till she’s a certain age, or when she’s a certain size and no one has taken her yet, they know there’s something wrong. They excommunicate her. She take off tribal paint, and she goes to the city, then she just becomes a renegade. And when she’s married, she’s tested for her virginity. If the little virgin veil is broke, then she has to tell who done it. And they kill them both, together. Wouldn’t there be a lot of killing in America if that taken place? [Congregation says, “Amen."] See? Then you call them heathens? Oh, my! They can come teach people, that call themselves church members, how to live clean. That’s right.

Never found one case of venereal in the whole trip through South Africa. They don’t have such a thing. There you are. See? It’s just our own dirty filthy ways, as white people. That’s right. Got away from God.

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When this takes place, the thing you’ll do then, you’ll find out that the Spirit that comes in you, from the new Birth, you will believe and do everything that God says in His Word is for you to do. And everything that the Bible quotes for you to do, you’ll punctuate it with an “amen.” And you’ll not stop, day and night, until you receive it. That’s right. That’s right. And in all this time, you’ll certainly, above everything, bear the fruit of the Spirit.

You say, “Will I speak with tongues?” You might do that, and you might not. “Will I shout?” You might do that. You might not.

But there’s one sure thing you will do. You will bear the fruit of the Spirit. And the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, faith, longsuffering, meekness, gentleness, patience. Your temper will not be, “Oooh!” Just remember, when you got that, that poisons the Holy Spirit away from you. See? When you get to a place that you want to fuss with everybody you come along to, there’s something wrong. When you get a place where the... a minister will read from the Bible, that it’s wrong to do a certain thing, and, you’ll... Just remember, there’s no Christianity there at all. That’s now, that, “By their fruits you shall know them.” That’s what Jesus said. See?

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If it’s the Word, and God said so, that Spirit in you will cope with that Word, every time. Cause, genuine Holy Spirit will cope with the Word, ’cause the Word is Life and Spirit. Jesus said, “My Words are Life.” And if you’ve got Eternal Life, and He is the Word, how can the Word deny the Word? See? What kind of a person would you make God? That’s one thing to know, that you’re a Christian, when you can fully agree upon every Word of God.

And you find yourself in love with your enemies. Somebody say, “Well, he’s nothing but a holy-roller.” And you start to get... Ah! Be careful. Um-hum. Be careful. But when you really find, yourself, that you love him! Regardless of what they do, you still love them. See? Then you beginning to find...

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And your patience gets from about that long, till it just don’t have no end. Anybody just keeps saying things about you, “Well, I don’t care what you say!” Don’t get stirred up. If you get stirred up, you better go pray first, ’fore you talk to them again. Yeah. Yeah.

Don’t get in fusses. Don’t like to get in fuss; if you like to see somebody raise up in church, say, “You know what? I’ll tell you, So-and-so did so-and-so.”

You say, “Now, brother, shame on you.”

If you say, “Oh, is that so?” Listen to that scandal? Watch out.

The Holy Spirit is not a cesspool. See? No, no. No, no. The heart is occupied by the Holy Spirit, is full of holiness, purity. “Thinketh no evil, doeth no evil; believeth all things; endureth, longsuffering.” See?

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Don’t fuss. When the family gets in a fuss, don’t fuss with them. Your mother said, “I ain’t having you go up there, that old church, anymore. Well, you, all you think about now, you’re letting your hair grow out. You look like some old grandma.” Don’t fuss with her.

Say, “Okay, mother. It’s all right. I love you, just the same. And I’ll be praying for you as long as I live.” See?

Now, don’t fuss. See? Temper breeds temper. First thing you know, you grieve the Holy Spirit away from you, you’ll be fussing back. Then the Holy Spirit takes Its flight. Temper breeds temper.

And love breeds love. Be full of love. Jesus said, “This will all men know you’re My disciples, when you have love, one for another.” That’s the fruit of the Holy Spirit, love.

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And did you know, you are a little creator, yourself? You know that? Certainly. You’ve seen people that you just love to be around. You don’t know why. Just that loving type of person. Have you seen that? [Congregation says, “Amen."] Just as kind, there, you like to be around them. That’s... They create that atmosphere, by the life they live, the way they talk, their conversation.

Then, you’ve seen those that, every time, you... you shun them. All time, they want to talk about something evil, and talk about somebody. Say, “Oh, my! There they come. They’re going to criticize somebody there. He’s in here now, he’s going to talk about this man. All they’re going to do is tell dirty jokes, or something about women, or something like that.” You just hate to get around them. See? They create. Seemingly, pretty nice people, but they create that atmosphere.

And the things that you think on, the things that you do, the actions, the things you talk about, creates an atmosphere.

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I went into a man’s office, here in this city. And the man is a trustee, or a deacon, it is, in a fine church. I went in there to see that man about some business. And there’s a radio over there, with that rock-and-roll or twist, ever what it was, just as hard as it could go. And I guess there was forty pinups in his office, of nude women. Now, you can’t tell me how much deacon, or how much more. You let me see what you look at, and what you read, and the kind of music you listen to, the crowd you associate with, and I’ll tell you what kind of a spirit is in you. See? Yeah.

You hear a guy say, “Me do so-and-so? That bunch ...” Just remember, I don’t care what he says. His words speaks louder. His actions speaks louder than what anything could say. He could testify, say he’s a Christian, sure, and maybe do anything. But you just watch the kind of a life he lives. That tells what he is.

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Now, could you imagine that, a man with a life that would say, “To believe in Divine healing, that’s something for the birds. That was back in years ago. There’s no such a thing today”? Is that a life worthy of the Gospel, that, “Christ was wounded for our transgressions, and with His stripes we were healed”? You say, “But I’m a deacon.” I don’t care. You might be a bishop.

When I heard Bishop Sheen say, about two years ago, coming down; never did turn him on again. When he said, “A man that would believe and try to live by that Bible, was like somebody trying to walk through muddy waters.” Bishop Sheen, then turn around, said, “When I get to Heaven, you know what? When I meet Jesus, I’m going to tell Him, ‘I’m Bishop Sheen,’ and He’ll say, ‘Oh, yes, I heard My mother speak of you.’” Paganism, men that would blaspheme that Word. God be merciful. I ain’t the judge. See?

That Word is the Truth. Right. And the Spirit of God will recognize His Own Writing. He’s identified by His Writing. It... It... It speaks of Him. And you’re identified by believing It, and It gives you your credentials of identification.

Don’t fuss with others. And don’t... and don’t have these family fusses, as I said. Love breeds love. And temper breeds temper.

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Now, now let’s watch. Look at Jesus, just for a minute. He was your example. I hope you’re not getting too tired. Look. Let’s look at Jesus, just a minute. He was our example. He said so. “For I have given you an example, that you should do to others as I have done to you.”

Now watch. When He came into the world, when there was more, as much unbelief in the world right then as there ever was, it didn’t even slow Him up. He went right on preaching just the same, and healing just the same. Never bothered Him. There was critics. The Man was criticized from the time He was a Baby until He died on the cross. Did it stop Him? No, sir. What was His goal? “Always do that which the Father has written. Always do which pleased Him.”

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Look at Jesus. Talk about us humbling ourselves? When God Himself became a Baby, instead of coming in a... a little crib somewhere in a decent home, was born out there over a manure pile in a stable, amongst bawling calves. They wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, was off the neck of a yoke of an ox. The poorest of the poorest, and, yet, the Creator of heavens and earth.

One cold, rainy night, they said, “Master, we’ll go home with You.”

He said, “The foxes has holes, and the birds has nests, but I don’t even have a place to lay My head.”

God, Jehovah, humbled Himself and become a Man; represented in sinful flesh, to redeem you and me. Who are we then? He was our example. Who am I? Nothing.

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I was telling someone, this afternoon, in a little meeting. I said, “Every son that’s born of God has to be tried, first, chastened.” I remember when I had mine, or my greatest hour. When a... when a man is born again, there’s a little spot, like size of his fingernail, that God injects into him, system, and it falls into his heart and there anchors. Then Satan makes him prove it. And if that ain’t there, you’re gone.

I remember there in the hospital, I was about twenty-two years old, twenty-three, maybe, along, was a young man. And my father, dying in my arms, and me talking to God as a healer. And my own father in a heart attack, laid his head in my arm, and me praying for him; and see him turn those eyes and look at me, and falled off, to go to meet God. I took him over and buried him by the side of my brother, and the flowers was still fresh on his grave, and me preaching a God that heals the sick. Working for the Public Service Company, for twenty cents an hour, and my wife working out here at the shirt factory; to help us make a living for our little eighteen-months-old boy, Billy Paul, and an eight-month-old child that she was packing.

I seen Sister Wilson nod her head. She remembers that; Roy Slaughter and some of the old-timers.

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What did I do? Walked the streets, with a sandwich in my hand, come down off the pole, and testifying to everybody come by, about the love of Jesus Christ. Go to their garage and ask them if I could use it, talk to mechanic. Go in there, say, “Men, have you ever been saved yet? I found something in my heart.” Go into grocery stores at nighttime. Come home at two or three o’clock in the morning, from making sick calls all night long. Couldn’t... Just set down, change and put on my work clothes. And set there in the chair and rest till daylight, get up and go. And so thin, from fasting and praying, till I have to pray to put my spurs on, to get up a pole. Preaching, and preaching God was great, God was mercy, God was love, to the people.

And, here, my daddy dying on my arms. And my brothers died, was killed while I was stand in the pulpit down here at this little, colored Pentecostal church, preaching. Come told me, “Your brother was killed up on the highway. A car hit him and killed him.” His own brother’s blood dripping off his shirt, where he picked him up on the highway. Right after I buried him, my daddy died. Then, there laid my wife out there.

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And I went, come over here at this tabernacle. From off this, where this platform stands, told the people, six months before it happened, “There’ll come a flood. And I seen an Angel take a rod, and measure, ‘Twenty-two feet over Spring Street.’”

Sandy Davis and them setting here, laughed, said, “It was only about eight or ten inches in 1884, boy. What’s talking to you?”

I said, “It’ll be. Because, I seen one of them trances, and It told me so. And it’ll be there.” And there’s a mark on Spring Street, today, at twenty-two feet of water. I said, “I rode over the top of this tabernacle in a boat.” And I did.

During that time, my wife got sick. I prayed for her. And I come to the tabernacle, the people was waiting on her. I said, “She’s dying.”

“Oh, it’s just your wife, that.”

I said, “She’s dying.”

I went over there and prayed and prayed and prayed. And I’d hold my hands out. She took a hold my hand. She said, “Billy, I’ll meet you in the morning, stand over There.” Said, “Get the kiddies together and meet me at the Gate.”

I said, “Just start hollering, ‘Bill.’ I’ll be There.” See? And she went out. I laid her down there in the morgue.

Went up home, to lay down. And when I did... Little Billy Paul was staying with Mrs. Broy and them, so sick. The doctor expect him to die at any time. Me praying for Billy. And here come Brother Frank and got me. Said, “Your baby is dying, the little girl.”

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I went out the hospital. Doctor Adair wouldn’t let me go in, said, “She got meningitis. You’ll take it back to Billy Paul.” Had the nurse give me some kind of a red stuff to take, for some kind of an anesthetic, of something to quieten me. And I had them to leave the room, throwed it out the window. Slipped out the back door, went down the basement.

There laid the baby there, before the hospital, the isolated ward, flies all in her little eyes like that. I took the old mosquito bar, shooed them away, and put it over her. I got down, I said, “God, there lays my daddy and brother, yonder, and the flowers on their grave. There lays Hope, laying yonder. And here is my baby, dying. Don’t take her, Lord.”

He just pulled down the curtain, as if say, “Shut up. I don’t want to hear you, at all.” He wouldn’t even talk to me.

Then, if He wouldn’t talk to me, it was Satan’s time. He said, “And I thought you said He was a good God. What’s all this you’re hollering about? You’re just a boy. Look around, over the city. Every girl and every boy you ever associated with think you’ve lost your mind. You have.” Now, he couldn’t tell me there’s no God, ’cause I had already seen It. But he told me He didn’t care for me.

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Set all night long, all day long. I said that to God, “What have I done? Show me, Lord. Don’t let the innocent have to suffer for me, if I done wrong.” I didn’t know He was trying me. But every son that comes to God has got to be tried. I said, “Tell me what I’ve done. I’ll make it right. What have I done but preach all day long, all night long, and just give Him my life, constantly? What have I done?”

Satan said, “That’s right. You see, now, when it comes to you, and you’ve told all of them that you believe that He’s a great healer, and there lays your baby laying there, dying. He refuses to even hear. Your wife died with tubercular pneumonia. You said He could heal cancers, and there He is. Now, you talk about Him being good, and how good He is to people. What about you?”

Then I begin to listen to him. That’s reasoning. I thought, “That’s right.”

Said, “He could tell... you don’t have to speak the Word, just look to your baby, and it would live.”

I said, “That’s right.”

“And as much as you’ve done for Him, and yet that’s what He does for you.”

I said, “That’s right.” I begin to think, “Well, what?” See? Everything begin to break away, when it come to reasonings. But, when it come to That, That hung. It stayed there. I was just about ready to say, “Then I’ll quit.”

But when it got down till all the reasoning powers had broke away, then it come to that Eternal Life, that new Birth. What if It hadn’t have been there? What if It hadn’t have? We wouldn’t have knowed one another the way we do now. This church would not been here like this, the thousands and millions around the world. But, thank God, It was there.

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